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Plymouth ship helps search for Malaysian plane

HMS Echo returning to Plymouth in August 2012 Credit: Royal Navy

Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo is supporting the search effort for the black box of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It has sophisticated sound locating equipment that should help in the hunt for the plane's flight recorders.

The ship is at the location where the Chinese boat, Haixun 01, detected a "pulse signal" in the southern Indian Ocean.

Flight MH370, bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board, with a three-week search finding no sign of it.

Tandem couple cycle in from New Zealand

Steve and Kat Turner have cycled all the way from New Zealand Credit:

A couple from Devon have arrived in Plymouth after cycling 38,000 miles from New Zealand.

Steve Turner who's from Plymouth, and his wife Kat, started their journey after getting married two years ago. They arrived by ferry from France at the weekend.



Devon's Greenpeace protesters arrive home

Three Greenpeace protesters from Devon are back in the country after being imprisoned for two months in Russia.

Cameraman Kieron Bryan, together with Alexandra Harris and Iain Rogers were part of a 30-strong group arrested at a protest against Arctic oil drilling.

The three arrived in the UK today after being granted exit visas. They say it was possibly to avoid bad publicity in the run up to the Sochi Winter Olympics.



Freed Arctic protester describes 'torture' in Russian jail

Freed Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris said her time in Russian prison "was torture", but that she and others jailed after Arctic protests were "treated better than the Russian prisoners, because the world's watching us".

"We spent two months inside a Russian jail cell and a hundred days detained for a crime we didn't commit," Harris said. "It was obscene, a complete overreaction on behalf of Russia and we should never have been there."

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